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The Girl Who Cried Pain: A Bias Against Women in the Treatment of Pain


Diane E. Hoffmann


University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Anita J. Tarzian


University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

2001

Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 29, pp. 13-27, 2001

Abstract:     
In general, women report more severe levels of pain, more frequent incidences of pain, and pain of longer duration than men, but are nonetheless treated for pain less aggressively. The authors investigate this paradox from two perspectives: Do men and women in fact experience pain differently - whether biologically, cognitively, and/or emotionally? And regardless of the answer, what accounts for the differences in the pain treatment they receive, and what can we do to correct this situation?

Number of Pages in PDF File: 16

Keywords: women, discrimination, health law, medical ethics, treatment

JEL Classification: I12, I18, K30


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Date posted: February 27, 2003  

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Hoffmann, Diane E. and Tarzian, Anita J., The Girl Who Cried Pain: A Bias Against Women in the Treatment of Pain (2001). Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 29, pp. 13-27, 2001. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=383803 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.383803

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Diane E. Hoffmann (Contact Author)
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
United States
Anita J. Tarzian
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
United States
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